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Climbers rescued from Sweden’s tallest peak

Two Swedish men were rescued on Thursday after being stuck for five days on the top of Mount Kebnekajse, Sweden's highest peak, as poor weather had previously made a rescue operation impossible.

Climbers rescued from Sweden's tallest peak

“You could see in their eyes how relieved they were when we arrived,” said Odd Fischer, head of the mountain rescue unit of the Norrbotten County police, to the TT news agency.

The two men, both in their thirties and from the west coast of Sweden, had been stuck on the 2,106-metre-high mountain since Saturday, when the weather turned on them during their climb to the summit.

The two men decided to seek shelter in a hut near the top of the mountain. Despite their shelter not being insulated, the two men managed to keep warm by making use of two blankets and huddling together under one of the berths.

The two men phoned the emergency rescue services when the storm hadn’t eased up on Sunday morning, but due to unfavourable weather conditions, the rescue service could not get them out of their predicament until Thursday.

“They’ve done remarkably well. We were expecting to carry them out on stretchers. They could have been unconscious or weak from managing without food and water for five day. But these guys looked after themselves,” Fischer told TT.

The two men had managed to keep hydrated by collecting snow in empty bottles and melting it against their bodies.

The chocolate they had brought as a snack for their day trip became their only sustenance during their five day ordeal.

The two men had considered leaving the shelter, but decided it was too risky.

“They were completely right to stay put,” Fischer said to TT.

After airlifting the two men to safety and driving them to the rescue centre’s headquarters in Kiruna, the two men had a chance to take a shower and were then examined by the centre’s medical staff.

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SHIPWRECK

VIDEO: Shipwrecked sailor saved in Sweden after writing ‘help’ in moss

A man who was attempting to sail solo from Sweden to Spain has been rescued after a huge search and rescue mission.

VIDEO: Shipwrecked sailor saved in Sweden after writing 'help' in moss
The message. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

The man, a 30-year-old Russian citizen, had bought a sailboat in Stockholm and had planned to sail it solo to Spain, but unfortunately he didn't make it that far.

The sailor was reported missing on Wednesday, two days after his journey began, when his friends and family grew worried after losing contact with him.

A massive search and rescue effort was launched by Sweden's Coast Guard, with collaboration from the Maritime Administration, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, and independent volunteers. Boats and helicopters were used in the effort to locate the missing man.

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Rescuers found parts of the wrecked boat off the southeastern coast on Friday, and when they established that the vessel had most likely crashed on Wednesday night, the chances of finding the sailor seemed slim.

Later on Friday however, rescuers onboard a helicopter spotted a man on a small island in the Östergötland archipelago. He had written the word 'help' using moss, and the message was spotted by the rescuers.

It is unclear exactly what caused the wreck, and the sailor was taken to hospital in Linköping, but was reported to be in good condition.

Footage of the incredible rescue can be viewed below.

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